Josh Groban will be working on two albums simultaneously while hosting “Rising Star” on ABC this summer.
One will be a standard Groban album, a collection of originals and covers; the other will explore the music of film and the stage.
“Since I was 13 years old, I have wanted to record a film and stage songs album,” says Groban, 33. “The nice thing about a film and stage album is that you have so many songs. It’s a matter of demoing them seeing which are right for me and for the continuity of the album.”
He intends to make the album a mix of the well-known and the overlooked, showssuch as Paul Simon’s “The Capeman” and “Chess” by Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. Last year, Groban performed a concert version of “Chess” at Royal Albert Hall in London.
“I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I like really super well-known songs but yes the world I have always like the obscure stuff too,” says Groban. “The test is whether I can tell a story and whether or not my voice fits the story.
“There are plenty of shows where the songs are gems, but never got their fair share. I think Paul Simon’s ‘The Capeman’ is a show that just needed a little more time. We’re desperate for great new shows.”
Groban is interviewing producers for both records and says it’s too early to discuss the direction of the album with new material. A Warner Bros. act whose mostrecent album, 2013’s “All That Echoes,” was his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Groban hopes both albums will be released in 2015.
“We’re doing a lot of writing and searching (for songs),” Groban says of the album of new material. “That process is the same as it has ever been -- you have to take your time.”